TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A drifter who killed a woman in Georgia is on trial for the similar decapitation slaying of a nurse in the Florida Panhandle.
A prosecutor said in her opening statement Friday that beads, blood and a bayonet will be key pieces of evidence against Gary Michael Hilton.
He got a life prison sentence in Georgia and could face death if convicted in Tallahassee of murdering Cheryl Dunlap.
The 46-year-old nurse's body was found in the Apalachicola National Forest southwest of Tallahassee in December 2007.
The 64-year-old Hilton pleaded guilty to killing 24-year-old hiker Meredith Emerson in Georgia. Her body also was found in a forest there.
Authorities also suspect Hilton in three other slayings in North Carolina and Florida.
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